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The Enthusiast's Guide to Photoshop: 64 Photographic Principles You Need to Know

The Enthusiast's Guide to Photoshop: 64 Photographic Principles You Need to Know

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The Enthusiast's Guide to Photoshop: 64 Photographic Principles You Need to Know

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If you’re a passionate photographer and you’re ready to take your work to the next level, The Enthusiast’s Guide book series was created just for you. Whether you’re diving head first into a new topic or exploring a classic theme, Enthusiast’s Guides are designed to help you quickly learn more about a topic, subject, or software so you can improve your photography.
The Enthusiast’s Guide to Photoshop: 64 Photographic Principles You Need to Know teaches you how to get the most out of Adobe Photoshop. Chapters are broken down into a series of numbered lessons, with each lesson providing what you need to get started on your journey to harnessing Photoshop's power in order to fully realize your photographic vision with your imagery. In this book, which is divided into 7 chapters that include 64 photographic lessons to help you conquer Photoshop, photographer and author Rafael "RC" Concepcion covers the most important tools, concepts, and techniques in Photoshop that you need to know.
Written in a friendly and approachable manner and illustrated with examples that drive home each lesson, The Enthusiast’s Guide to Photoshop is designed to be effective and efficient, friendly and fun. Read an entire chapter at once, or read just one topic at a time. With either approach, you’ll quickly learn a lot so you can confidently dive into Photoshop and create stunning images.
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Sep 15, 2017
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An Adobe Certified Instructor in Photoshop, Illustrator, and Lightroom, Rafael “RC” Concepcion has over 16 years’ experience in the IT and ecommerce industries, and he spends his days developing content for all applications in the Adobe Creative Suite. RC also worked with Adobe to write the Adobe Certified Expert exam for Photoshop CS6, Lightroom 4, and Lightroom 5. He is the bestselling author of the books Get Your Photography on the Web and The HDR Book. A sought after public speaker, RC has held training seminars around the world, and has served as guest instructor for the Digital Landscape Workshop Series with Moose Peterson, Advanced Flash Photography at Jade Mountain with Joe McNally, His Light workshops with famed landscape photographer Bill Fortney, The Voices That Matter web conference in San Francisco, and Gulf Photo Plus in the United Arab Emirates. You can find RC online at www.aboutrc.com.


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The Enthusiast's Guide to Photoshop - Rafael Concepcion

THE

ENTHUSIAST’S

GUIDE TO

PHOTOSHOP

64 Photographic Principles You Need to Know

RAFAEL RC CONCEPCION

THE ENTHUSIAST’S GUIDE TO PHOTOSHOP:
64 PHOTOGRAPHIC PRINCIPLES YOU NEED TO KNOW

Rafael RC Concepcion

Project editor: Jocelyn Howell

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Front cover image: Rafael Concepcion

ISBN: 978-1-68198-298-4

1st Edition (1st printing, December 2017)

© 2018 Rafael Concepcion

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This book is dedicated to two people who have been my loudest cheerleaders and close friends.

Kim Patti: You have not only singlehandedly built the ship on which we are sailing, but you have given me a new lease on life. I never would have thought I’d find a man I could say I love almost like a father.

Latanya Henry: You are my partner in crime, a trusted confidant, an incredible sounding board, and such a great cheerleader for what I want to do. You believe in me more than I am able to believe in myself at times. We switch from teacher to student so often, and that’s what has made my friendship with you so special. Thank you.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

FIRST AND FOREMOST, I’d love to thank my mother, Cristela Concepcion. My mom continues to be an inspiration to me. She shows me daily how hard work and respect are important things to live by. La quiero mucho mama.

To my wife, Jennifer Concepcion: I would shout to the world that if ever someone needs to see the definition of an amazing mother, they should look no further than you. Thank you for being such a rock and guiding light for me and our Sabine. I am thankful for your love, and so incredibly proud of you. You are the most incredible fifth grade teacher, and it makes me so proud to walk through your school with some swagger, bragging that I know you.

To my brothers, Victor, Everardo, David, Jesus, Carlos, and Tito: While time and distance keeps our conversations short, I cannot help but laugh out loud at all of the foolishness I see in our text threads. That has been such a gift.

To Danielle and Jim Bontempi: Your support as in-laws is overshadowed only by your love of me as one of your own. I am grateful to have you in my life.

To my best friend, Al Fudger: For over 22 years, you have been a vital part of my life. I am very thankful for every chance we get to connect.

To Bonnie Scharf and Matt Davis: I love you two very much and am grateful that there isn’t much that would ever get in the way of us helping one another out—not even a trip into the Bronx!

I always want to be better, both as a teacher and as a photographer, because of three people. To Jay Maisel and Gregory Heisler: You are icons for whom I have a great admiration, and I am blessed to call you my friends. And to the inimitable Joe McNally: Your friendship, counsel, mentorship, and advice has been one of the greatest things being in this business has given me. You, Annie, Cali, John, and Lynn are just wonderful.

To Denise Patti and Linwood Henry: Aside from being great friends to me, you guys have been ever so patient with the loaning of your spouses through my crazy adventures. Thank you for being so kind and so generous with such amazing people. I promise to return them in one piece!

To Alan Shapiro: You are an amazing photographer and incredible force in the photo space. Your support and trust have been unwavering, and I am incredibly grateful for your belief in me. I’m so thankful to call you a friend.

To Edna, Joel, and Marco: Who could imagine that you would find such kinship and develop a family-like bond in such a short amount of time? Not a day goes by that we don’t think about how much we miss you three.

To Karyn and Michael: If there’s one thing we’ve enjoyed more than Jade, it’s being able to share a new experience through Sabine’s eyes. You have given us a great friendship and an amazing memory. I cannot wait to reconnect again in person!

Special thanks to: Corey Barker, Pete Collins, Donna Green, Katrin Eismann, Lisa Sanpietro, Kathy Porupski, Jim Booth, Rich Reamer, Steve Peer, Zack Arias, Brian Wells, Chrysta Rae, April Love, Jesica Bruzzi, Meredith Payne Stotzner, Jeff Tranberry, Dan Steinhardt, Mark Suban, Nancy Davis, Nikki McDonald, Jennifer Bortel, Sara Jane Todd, John Nack, Mike Corrado, and Ken and Elise Falk.

To Bill Fortney: Thank you for your guidance and support. When it happens, it will be because of you.

To Kevin Agren: Thank you for wanting to come along for the ride of building a new school. Im grateful to have you on the little ship that could. We’re going to go to some cool places.

Mia McCormick: You have been both a great friend to me and a source of inspiration for reinvention. I can honestly say that I am changed and am better because of what I’ve learned from you. Thank you for your candor and your patience; it has meant the world.

To The Waldron Family, Roz, Carl, Thalia, and Connor: It’s such a gift to have friends like you just a few doors down. Our lives are so much better knowing you guys are nearby, just a sleepover away!

To my new family at Rocky Nook: Jocelyn Howell, Lisa Brazieal, Mercedes Murray, thank you for keeping up with me and being so patient! To Ted Waitt and Scott Cowlin: I’m grateful to be connected with you at this new spot. Let’s see what we can do here!

Dubai has become such a special place for me to go to get away from it all. That part of the world has given me people whom I miss terribly and am so happy to see: Hala Sahli, Mohammed Somji, Saadia Mahmud, Imraan, Tarek Sakka, Raad Sabounchi, and the head of Lightning Hand Tomato, Katie Kuusker.

To Sara Lando: I’d learn Italian just to find another way to tell you how amazing you are, and how much I love to see you. I need to get out to Grappa to visit you and Alessandro.

To Jay Abramson and Susan Henry: To say that you are like family to us would be completely understating how important you guys are to Sabine, Jenn, and I. We love you very much.

To Martin Stephens: As soon as I leave you, I immediately start planning how to get halfway around the world to see again. Here’s to our next adventure, buddy!

To Daniel Gregory: Your friendship has brought an incredible love in my heart, a passion for becoming a better photographer, and incredible clarity in such a clouded mind. You are one in a million.

Finally, to the most important person of all, to you, dear reader: It is because of you that I get to do what I do. I don’t ever want to forget that. Thank you for your time, investment, and attention. I hope this book gives you what you need, and I stand willing to help should you need anything else.

CONTENTS

Chapter 1

Master Your Tools

1. A Quick Tour of the Photoshop Interface / 2. Customize Your Toolbar / 3. Panels, Panels Everywhere! / 4. Opening Files in Photoshop / 5. Use Keyboard Shortcuts to Zoom In and Out / 6. Choose Your Image Size and File Format / 7. Make Use of the Libraries Panel / 8. Placing Images in Photoshop / 9. Use Keyboard Shortcuts to Work Efficiently / 10. Interface and Performance Changes / 11. Working with Brush-Based Tools in Photoshop

Chapter 2

Working with Adobe Camera Raw

12. Understanding White Balance and Camera Profiles / 13. The Powerful Four—Exploring the Basic Panel / 14. Managing Blacks and Whites in an Image / 15. Clarity, Vibrance, and Saturation / 16. Managing Hue, Saturation, and Brightness / 17. Making a Black-and-White Image / 18. Creating Duotones and Tinted Images / 19. The Lowdown on Detail and Noise Reduction / 20. Cropping Your Image / 21. Local Adjustments to Make Great Images Better

Chapter 3

Next-Level Editing in Adobe Camera Raw

22. Spot and Blemish Removal / 23. Lens Correction and Guided Transformation / 24. Stacking Effects / 25. Synchronizing Your Settings with Other Images / 26. Creating Camera Raw Presets

Chapter 4

Selections and Transformations

27. Creating Selections with the Magic Wand / 28. Creating Selections with the Marquee and Lasso Tools / 29. Adding and Removing Portions of a Selection / 30. Transforming and Saving Selections / 31. Using the Quick Selection Tool and the Refine Edge Brush

Chapter 5

Photoshop Layers

32. How Layers Work / 33. Layer Order, Grouping, and Opacity / 34. Useful Techniques for Working with Layers / 35. Layer Styles / 36. Working with Adjustment Layers

Chapter 6

Layer Masking and Retouching

37. Working with Layer Masks / 38. Adding To and Removing Portions of Layer Masks / 39. Using Layer Masks for Adjusting Tone / 40. Using Layer Masks for Adjusting Color / 41. Speed Up Your Work by Duplicating Layer Masks

Chapter 7

Retouching and Content-Aware Techniques

42. Using Content-Aware Fill and Scale / 43. Using the Spot Healing and Patch Tools / 44. How to Prevent Content-Aware Tools from Sampling Specific Areas / 45. Using the Liquify Tools / 46. Helpful Tips for Retouching

Chapter 8

Beyond the Basics

47. Creating a Panoramic Image in Photoshop / 48. Creating an HDR Image in Photoshop / 49. Using Puppet Warp to Fix Transformation Problems / 50. Using Filters in Photoshop / 51. Adding Sharpness with the High Pass Filter / 52. Changing Colors in an Image / 53. Converting a Picture to Black and White / 54. Adding Text to a Document / 55. Adding Shapes to a Document / 56. Working with Plugins

Chapter 9

Printing Images in Photoshop

57. Choosing a Paper – Like Wine Pairing for Photography / 58. Setting Print Preferences / 59. Get the Best Color with an ICC Profile

Chapter 10

Putting It All Together: Start-to-Finish Images

60. Jason on a Bike / 61. A New York Sunset / 62. Fire in St. Lucia / 63. Destiny Dancing / 64. Amsterdam, Netherlands

You can download the original RAW files for many of the lessons in this book at: http://www.rockynook.com/egphotoshop

I’ve made these files available to you so that you can follow along with the lessons and practice the various Photoshop techniques covered in them. Please be aware that these are my original image files and they are not for commercial or public use.

1

MASTER YOUR TOOLS

CHAPTER 1

The best analogy I can think of for learning to use Photoshop is learning how to fly a plane. If you don’t know how to fly a plane, stepping into a cockpit is very daunting. There are all these buttons and dials, and you have no idea what to push to even start the engine. And there are so many things you could do when it comes to flying a plane. You could ferry passengers from one airport to another; you could be a fighter pilot; or you could be a pilot who performs trick maneuvers. Learning to use all of the buttons and dials is only one small part of the process.

Photoshop is best explained with this kind of analogy. It should be broken down into a series of steps. The first step is to learn the anatomy of the program—which buttons do what and how to turn on the engine. Once you know where all of the buttons are, you can progress to learning a certain set of processes: how to start the plane, how to make the plane go forward, how to make the plane go backward (or in Photoshop, how to create a layer, how to increase the brush size, and so on).

These processes don’t take you all the way to becoming a fighter pilot; they just deal with taking the anatomy you’ve learned and building it into another small step. Once you’ve mastered these processes, you progress to the next step and learn how to take off. That’s a procedure. Your anatomy brings you to a process; the process brings you to a procedure.

Your goal as a pilot of Photoshop is to learn the anatomy, then the process, and then the individual procedures or techniques. Once you have these techniques down, it’s up to you to decide how to apply them to an overall style.

This book is designed in this fashion. I start by breaking down the anatomy of the program for you. From there, I show you some different processes you should know for working with pictures. Once you’ve learned those processes, I’ll give you a series of techniques you can use for common Photoshop problems. It’s up to you to decide how to use those techniques to exercise your photographic style or vision.

This book is not meant to be the be-all and end-all bible for Photoshop. There is a ton of information in this program, and we are just scratching the surface to get you more comfortable using it. If you find yourself interested in a specific aspect of the program, there are loads of resources out there that you can dive into to get more specialized training. My goal is to give you the techniques you need to get out there and start making pictures quickly, so let’s go ahead and get started.

1. A QUICK TOUR OF THE PHOTOSHOP INTERFACE

BEFORE WE BEGIN actually using Photoshop, let’s take a look at the workspace. When you open Photoshop, you’ll see a bunch of windows and buttons that normally freak people out, so it’s a good idea to just get an overview of what’s there.

The first thing you’ll see when you open Photoshop is a list of filenames or thumbnails for all of the recent files you’ve worked with. If you click on Create new on the left side of the screen to create a new blank document, you will get a dialog box with templates for specific types of projects that you may want to work with (Figure 1.1). In the Preset Details section on the right side of this dialog, you can type in specifications for a custom blank document. More often than not, if you are editing an image, you just go to File > Open and navigate to the image you want to work with.

Figure 1.1 If you want to create a new blank document, you can select from a series of templates or enter custom specifications.

Your chosen image (or new blank document) will open in the center of the workspace (Figure 1.2). The area that contains the image is called the document window, and the gray area just outside of that is known as the canvas. The toolbar on the left side of the workspace contains all of the individual tools that you’re going to be working with. Directly above the toolbar, you’ll see a bar that runs across the top of the program—this is the tool options bar and it contains options for the currently selected tool. These are the most important sections of Photoshop that you’ll be working with.

To the right of the document window, you’ll see a series of panels, each of which has a name in the upper-left corner. It’s important to note that you will not use all of these panels on every single Photoshop project. Graphic designers will use one set of panels, while someone doing retouching will use a completely different set. The goal here is not for you to master every single available panel, but rather to focus on and become experienced with the panels that you need for your specific project. Knowing what each panel is called will help as you start developing techniques for what you’re trying to accomplish.

Figure 1.2 The Photoshop interface

2. CUSTOMIZE YOUR TOOLBAR

JUST LIKE A pilot needs to understand how to navigate his or her plane, you’re going to need to understand how to work the controls in Photoshop. All of

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